2:21 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Enterovirus Confirmed In Oklahoma

An upper-respiratory virus in Oklahoma has been confirmed causing possibly severe illness in some children.
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The Oklahoma State Department of Health says tests confirm a virus is causing respiratory illness in some children in this state. 

The department says numerous cases were suspected to be caused by enterovirus D68, a relatively rare virus, but now tests have returned positive. It had been confirmed in 11 other states, including Missouri, Kansas and Colorado.

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Here & Now
1:39 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Sheriff Defends Use Of Military Equipment

The images of combat vehicles rolling in to confront demonstrators in Ferguson, Missouri, after the shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, provoked national debate over police departments receiving military equipment.

Since 2006, the Pentagon’s Excess Property Program has supplied police departments with almost 80,000 assault rifles, more than 600 armored vehicles, and hundreds of millions of dollars-worth of other equipment.

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8:46 am
Tue September 16, 2014

AD Says Ray Rice Videos Might Make University Of Oklahoma Think Twice In Future Recruiting

The Ray Rice video will affect how colleges handle players who are involved with domestic issues. University of Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione admitted to Sports Illustrated that the school probably would not have admitted star receiver Dorial Green-Beckham, who was kicked out of Missouri for alleged violence against his girlfriend, if the decision had to be made today.
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Castiglione stressed that Oklahoma didn’t regret admitting Green-Beckham. His stance that OU may not take Green-Beckham now is simply reflective of how the scrutiny level has changed.
StateImpact Oklahoma
7:18 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Attorney Asks Oklahoma Supreme Court To Dismiss His Challenge To Oil And Gas Law

Oklahoma City attorney and legislative watchdog Jerry Fent, who has successfully challenge laws in the past, comes out of a hearing room at the State Supreme Court, where a referee heard his lawsuit over House Bill 2562.
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An Oklahoma City attorney who challenged the constitutionality of a bill that changed the effective tax rate levied on oil and gas drillers asked the Oklahoma Supreme Court on Monday to dismiss his lawsuit.

From The Oklahoman‘s Rick Green:

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Around the Nation
5:49 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Medals Of Honor Recognize Harrowing Battle And A Dying Act

Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins receives the Medal of Honor during a ceremony at the White House. He describes the battle that earned him the medal as the toughest he saw in three tours of duty in Vietnam.
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Originally published on Tue September 16, 2014 8:43 am

President Obama on Monday awarded the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest military honor, to two soldiers who served in Vietnam: Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie Adkins, who survived a harrowing battle and 18 body wounds; and Army Spc. 4 Donald P. Sloat, whose dying act saved his fellow soldiers.

In January 1970, President Obama said Monday, Sloat was on patrol with his squad in Vietnam.

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OSU Recruiting More Native Students
4:59 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

OSU Says More Native Americans Needed In Medicine And Sciences

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Oklahoma State University's Center for Health Sciences is hoping to recruit more Native American high school and college students into the medicine and science fields.

The Office for the Advancement of American Indians in Medicine and Science was created at the Tulsa-based medical school in April.

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4:16 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Oklahoma Vietnam Vet Receives Medal Of Honor Posthumously

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President Barack Obama on Monday will bestow the Medal of Honor on a pair of soldiers for their acts of bravery in the Vietnam War.

Congress granted an exemption so Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins and Army Spc. Donald P. Sloat could receive the medal, because recommendations typically must be made within two years of the act of heroism, and the medal presented within three.

A soldier who fought in the Civil War was expected to receive the Medal of Honor posthumously at a later date. First Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing died in July 1863 during the Battle of Gettysburg.

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Oklahoma Voices
11:37 am
Mon September 15, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Justice To Oklahoma Audience: 'There Is Value To Failure'

OU Law Dean Joseph Harroz, Jr., The Honorable Sonia Sotomayor, Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States, OU President David L. Boren and OU Regent Bill Burgess at the University of Oklahoma College of Law on September 12, 2014
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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor told University of Oklahoma College of Law students that adversity and even failure are vital in building a career.

The justice finished a state speaking tour at the college on Friday, September 12, at the invitation of OU President David Boren. Sotomayor talked extensively with students, even leaving her seat on the stage to roam among them, sit with them, and take photographs with them.

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Oklahoma News
9:03 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Oklahoma City Memorial Previews New Exhibits Ahead Of Reopening

Family members, survivors, and rescue workers tour the new exhibits at the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum.
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The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum is reopening the museum Tuesday following an $8 million project to enhance the structure with new artifacts and exhibits.

Detailed information on the investigation of the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building and the evidence collected have been added to the museum. They include a key piece of evidence — the car that Timothy McVeigh was driving when he was pulled over and arrested north of Oklahoma City on the day of the bombing.

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Oklahoma Watch
7:47 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Oklahoma's Native American Tribes Pushing Minimum Wage Higher

Samantha Lowe of Tahlequah works the front desk of Cherokee Nation’s Career Services office. She received a full-time position after two years of participating in the tribe’s Summer Youth Employment Program making minimum wage
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Though the minimum wage remains at $7.25 per hour for most Oklahomans, several tribal nations pay more or have boosted their entry-level wage above the federal level, a move that could cause the Oklahoma Legislature to take another look at the issue.

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